The Last Romanov

By Dora Levy Mossanen
(Sourcebooks Landmark, Paperback, 9781402265945, 368pp.)

Publication Date: April 2012

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The cinematic chaos of Imperial Russia is unraveled here, taking readers deepinto the tarnished grandeur of Darya, a wise old beauty whose time spent withthe Imperial family has haunted her.

About the Author
Born in Israel and raised in Iran, Dora Levy Mossanen fled to the United States at the onset of the Islamic Revolution. She is the recipient of the San Diego Editor's Choice award and the author of The Last Romanov, Harem and the international bestseller Courtesan, which have both been translated into numerous languages, as well as The Last Romanov. She is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and a graduate of the USC masters of professional writing program. She lives in Beverly Hills, California.

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  1. When we first meet Darya, we see her waking from sleep and covered in clouds of butterflies. The messenger at her door asks questions seemingly designed to let us know how others fear her—believing she is a sorceress—and are also in awe of her due to her rumored connections to a monarchy from so long ago; it seems like a fairy tale. How does this introduction set the tone of the story and present the threads of magical realism weaving through the history?

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